New iPad Air 3 Adds Quad Speakers, LED Flash and Smart Connector [RUMOR]

iPad Air 3 leaks quad speaker and smart connector specs

The Apple rumor mill has been churning out intel on more projects than usual lately. In just the last couple of weeks, there’s been speculation that the Cupertino-based company may delay the unveiling of the Apple Watch 2, and is also developing wireless tech that can charge devices from afar. Now, the attention turns to the iPad Air 3. Engadget got hold of a rudimentary drawing of Apple’s next-generation tablet (see below) that hints at the addition of several welcome upgrades.

The drawing of the next iPad Air indicates that the tablet will be equipped with some new features first introduced via the iPad Pro. The tech giant’s new tablet will apparently include quad speakers for better audio (that’s two more than the previous iPad), as well as a Smart Connector on the side that would sync with accessories like a smart keyboard. Avid iPad photographers will be enticed to see that the drawing also shows an extra hole below the camera lens – a good indication that the new iPad will have an LED flash.

There is, however, a slight trade-off for these new features. The iPad Air 3 appears to be 0.05mm thicker and 0.1mm wider than the previous iPad. This change may be a bit off-putting for those who want to see their tablets remain as compact as possible, but adopting a device that’s a bit larger in exchange for more features is nothing new to those who made the jump from an iPhone 6 to an iPhone 6S.

Stay tuned for more news on the next-generation iPad Air. The tablet is rumored to launch in mid-March, which is also around the time Apple will potentially reveal a few other new gadgets.










Photo Credit: Mac World

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A born and bred New Yorker, Nate was raised on '90s hip-hop and AND1 streetball mixtapes. In his early college years, he began writing for music blogs and YRB Magazine, while working one of the scummiest jobs known to man, mobile phone sales. He later joined The SOURCE as a Contributing Editor for the print magazine and He has written for XXL magazine, and, among other media outlets. On occasion, he still loses sleep over Game 7 of the 1994 NBA Finals. He often copes with the stress of being a lifelong Knicks fan by adding to his sizable sneaker collection or watching a George Carlin stand-up special.